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    Tuesday
    Mar172015

    The Following - Season 3 Recap "Exposed"

    Continuing last week's events of the murder of FBI Director Clark, Ryan Hardy and Co. are on a hunt to find the killer responsible.

    As Ryan is questioned by both his own bureau and the media in regards to Clark's video - where it was revealed to the world that Ryan carried out a black ops team to capture Joe Carroll - he vehemently denies all accusations and declares to Mark and his followers that he's coming after him.

    We learn are new friend Neil - you know, the guy who likes to twist and turn people for fun and put them in boxes - is actually a wood-shop owner who comes off to people who see him as a very 'nice' guy.  We also learn that he doesn't like it when an assisted living aide for his father neglects to keep an eye out, leaving Neil to rescue his dad from almost getting hit by a car.  This isn't taken too well and Neil decides he wants a new home health aide because the regular one 'didn't show up for work.'

    While this episode was fast-paced, I found myself at times sort of bored by it.  Maybe it was because the hunt for Neil was rather boring and the character himself was pretty 'black & white' to begin with, didn't make the chase for him any more exciting.

    A few other things going on in this episode: Mark is still definitely losing it, as he decides to kidnap two reporters in hopes of getting the real story out of what Ryan did in killing his mother, which no one seems to care about anymore.  This obviously doesn't end well and both reporters are killed.  Our newest psycho couple also aren't who they seem to be as we learn they're secretly working for...'someone', who has a master plan at work.  Finally, Max decides she's done covering up for Ryan and Mike and wants no part in their 'unconventional' tactics in doing their job.

    This episode concludes with Neil being caught and killed of course (and his poor father witnessing his son kill) as well as Mark realizing his psycho couple is on to something and needs to keep a watchful eye on them.

    Overall, I'd say this was another solid episode though the writing team better start to reveal what's really going on here fast as the train seems to be moving rather slowly in who's really pulling all the string here.

    Grade: B+

    Notes/Questions:

    • So sparks are flying again between Mike and Max?  Good for them, though Max's new boyfriend doesn't seem to like that too much.
    • What is this new psycho couple doing in Max's apartment, and why are they setting up cameras?  What are they planning to do?
    • Mark has gone absolutely nuts at this point and is sort of becoming a one note character.  I have a feeling he'll be biting the dust rather shortly.
    • Ryan is feeling like he has blood on his hands for the death of his friend...doesn't he always feel this guilty though when someone dies?
    Tuesday
    Mar102015

    The Following - Season 3 Recap "Boxed In"

    Wow.

    Sometimes I wonder who writes the scripts for The Following because this show certainly goes the distance in undertaking some pretty sick stuff.

    After last week's premiere episode, we find Mark (Sam Underwood) planning to kill an FBI agent unless Ryan, Mike and Max confess to their crime of executing his mom and using rogue tactics to hunt down Joe Carroll.

    At first it looks as if Mark is going to be successful in nabbing that said 'FBI agent' and have them be tortured at a local auto body shop/torture chamber, but the FBI cracks down on that one real quick, leaving Mark's two followers (this new season's twisted couple played by Ruth Kearney and Hunter Parrish) to resort to Plan B.

    Plan B is calling a rather burly fellow named 'Neil' and that said 'FBI agent' is actually FBI Director Clarke - whose been around since last season - while also getting a little backstory on him and his role in covering up Ryan's tactics for catching Joe.

    We see in this episode how close knit Ryan has become with not only Mike and Max, but also his new love, Gwen, played by Zuleikha Robinson.  Ryan does seem to have truly moved on from Joe - especially when he's referred to rather humorously as 'the ex we don't talk about' - but still has to keep being reminded of the vital role he still plays in everything.

    After FBI Director Clarke is taken at his home - not before his wife is nearly suffocated to death - Ryan, Mike, and Max are faced with the dilemma of confessing to their crimes before their friend is killed.  While Clarke is able to escape from his captors for a short time and tip off Ryan on his location, this episode ends rather tragically with Mr. Clarke literally being tortured and folded like a rag doll to fit into a 'box' our new fellow Neil created.  Not before Director Clarke confesses though to his role on-camera for the world to see in his role in covering up Ryan and Co.'s secret.

    Ryan is too late in saving both his counterpart and friend - who we actually find out his the reason Ryan met Gwen - when Clarke had to be taken to the ER about a year earlier for panic attacks about Ryan's cover-up.  Gwen is the Doctor that treats Clarke, and the rest they say, is history.

    Pretty sad episode.

    Overall, I'd give this week's entry another B+.  Not the greatest, but certainly the show has returned with no shortage of suspense and tension in what Ryan must face this coming season.

    Notes/Questions:

    • Mark certainly got left out in the cold this week on the action.  I think this guy is going to snap soon enough.
    • Nice little exchange between Mike and Max's new boyfriend.  "I'm not here to make friends."
    • I suspect we are going to see more of our new friend Neil as it doesn't seem to be set-up as a one off character.
    • How much longer until we see Joe?  You know it's eventually going to happen.
    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    The Following - Season 3 Recap "New Blood"

    Picking up a year after the events of last season, we find Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) having finally moved on with his life.  He's put his obsession with Joe Carroll behind him - along with a criminal investigation of his 'methods' to capture Joe - and found new love in the form of Gwen (played by Zuleikha Robinson).

    Meanwhile, we find Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) having done the exact opposite.  He's obsessed with finding Mark (the twin who wasn't killed, played by a really talented Sam Underwood) which has cost him everything in his life including his relationship with Max (Jessica Stroup) who has now moved on with someone else.

    The season kicks off with everyone at FBI lead Gina Mendez' wedding (who knew she was a lesbian?) with Ryan giving a touching toast about finding true love, but not before he's interrupted by what's seemingly a grieving father splashing blood on Ryan and accusing him of murder for killing his daughter (who was one of Joe's followers).

    This of course leads Ryan on a search to find out who this man's daughter was and apologize properly to her family.  This is all well and good until he realizes the real girl's father isn't the man from the wedding; someone's an imposter.

    We come to find out this 'imposter' is actually working for Mark (along with a new psychotic, young couple) to terrorize Ryan and Co. to get revenge on their actions for killing his mom and brother.  Mark has precisely been setting up crime scenes with dead bodies to portray the killings that Ryan, Mike and Max lied about to hunt down Joe.

    This all leads to that 'imposter' being captured, with him telling Ryan that he has no idea what's coming (haven't we heard this before?), which Ryan sort of comically points out that this isn't the first time someone's threatened him with those exact words.

    Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good start to season 3.  We obviously know Joe is still alive somewhere, locked down in a 24/7 facility awaiting death row (though we can assume not for long), which we can imagine will play a part in this new threat facing Ryan this year.

    I'd give this episode a solid B+ and hope the best is yet to come for this coming season.

    Notes/Questions: 

    • So after all Mike and Max went through together, they were only dating for 1 month?
    • It's nice to see Ryan has moved on, but did anyone else get a 'creepy' vibe that Gwen isn't as innocent as she seems?
    • I'm not sure who writes the scenes for Sam Underwood, but that guy is an extremely talented actor.  To go from playing two people to now playing one with a seemingly split personality...wow.
    • How many episodes will you bet until we see Joe again? 
    Saturday
    Feb282015

    Mid-Season Premiere Poster For "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

    After discovering an alien city with ties to his resurrection, Coulson and his team destroyed it before the forces of Hydra could claim its secrets, eliminating the villainous Whitehall in the process. But new threats to the world have arisen, including Skye’s father, Cal, who now seeks retribution against Coulson for stealing his revenge against Whitehall; a disturbing alliance between former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ward and Agent 33; the enigmatic Raina, who struggles with her transformation into something inhuman by the alien Obelisk and seeks vengeance; and Skye, who developed mysterious new powers from the Obelisk but whose lack of experience with her new abilities may threaten the safety of those she loves. Meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack begin the next phase of a plan which seems to have grave repercussions for Coulson and his team, who are unaware that there’s another mysterious force moving against them. And as Hunter is forced to make the biggest choice of his life, Coulson will find his mission threatened by this shocking endgame.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

    Saturday
    Feb282015

    CW Releases Two "iZombie" Posters

    Rose McIver stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out… until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead

    Saturday
    Feb282015

    CW Releases Two "iZombie" Posters

    Rose McIver stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out… until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead

    Saturday
    Feb282015

    "Game Of Thrones" Season 5 Poster

    The poster teasing Season 5 of Game Of Thrones was realeased by HBO on Friday. The poster features one of Daenery's Dragons floating menacingly over the bow of a ship which Tyrion Lannister is present on deck. Game Of Thrones returns April 12th on HBO and features cast members Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, DeObia Oparei, Jonathan Pryce, Hannah Waddingham, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Condron, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
    Monday
    Feb022015

    Vera Farmiga & Freddie Highmore Cuddle On "Bates Motel" Season 3 Poster

    Aimed to be filled with family strife, murder and mystery, the third season of “Bates Motel” is lead by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as her son, Norman. This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leaves Norma reluctantly more aware of Norman’s mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of.

    After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.

    “Bates Motel” season three premieres Monday, March 9 at 9:00 ET/PT on A&E.

     

     

     

    Wednesday
    Jan142015

    Theater Listings for GAME OF THRONES in IMAX Are Here.

     

    Earlier this month is was announced that HBO's Game of Thrones would be the first TV series to ever be distributed theatrically for IMAX screens in a limited engagement and fans had been waiting with baited breath to see if their local IMAX would be letting them journey to Westeros- well now they can find out, as IMAX have finally revealed the locations and release date for the week-long event. 

    Due to high levels of consumer demand, Game of Thrones in IMAX will now launch one week later on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 10 p.m. and extend through February 5. The date change allows for an expanded roll-out of screens to upwards of 200 IMAX theatres. This will be the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX theatres, featuring two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series’ season five sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX.

    Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 16, and the first 300 ticket holders at participating locations will received a special poster by the artist of the "Game of Thrones: Beautiful Death" series, Robert Ball. 

    The locations can be found here on IMAX's official blog.  

    The Game of Thrones in IMAX experience will see Episode 9 and 10, "Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children", followed by a special preview of Season 5.
    So if you're worried about seeing some Kings die or Prince's heads get crushed into jello, don't worry, because 9 and 10 are- while climactic- far from shocking.

    Wednesday
    Jan142015

    SALEM Season 2 Nabs Xena and Dorian Gray; Teaser

     

    WGN America's unlikely hit SALEM is returning for Season 2 in April and is bringing Stewart Townsend (League of Extrordinary Gentlemen) and Lucy Lawless (XENA) to Massachusets 'Witch War'.

     

    Lawless will play Countess Marburg, one of the last members of a line of powerful German witches, while Townsend will play Samuel Wainwright, an English doctor intent on exposing Salem’s secrets —while closely guarding his own.

    TV Line reports.

    SALEM is a Crucible-esque thriller that takes place during the Witch Trials, weaving in real world and known historically documented Salem residents through the course of the show.